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881. Posted by Mandra75 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Just wanted to say a thank you to Terry for his contributions to this thread (that I have read in its entirety believe it or not)
It was very helpful while I was stressing about an upcoming trip to the USA. My husband has been arrested cautioned and charged countless times over his teenage years and early twenties ( he's now 45 and a changed character thankfully! ) mainly for offences such as breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly, fights etc but no CMT.
Reading this thread reassured me that

YES he has been arrested and charged loads of times
But NOT for any CMT
so why would you tick that you had!!!

If it's not a CMT stop worrying about ticking the box, if you did you would actually be in the wrong!
Relax and go on your holiday
Forget about visas etc unless you are a real criminal, then maybe get some advice
We are in Florida right now , sailed through customs in 2 minutes after waiting in a 20 minute queue. Photos, fingerprints all done in seconds. Passports stamped.
No problems !
Cheers to you Terry

882. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 1y

Mandra, what a delightful post. I really appreciate your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

Have a gas in Florida.


883. Posted by Noworrymore (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Has this post finally been settled I bet your pleased terry good work though brilliant advice and brilliant use of a search on traveling to USA with a criminal record relax and enjoy your journey people !!! America is a cracking place

884. Posted by biggles001 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Sorry if I am repeating in advance. I would like to travel to Florida later in the year and am worried that I will need to go to the embassy to get a visa. I am now 34 but at 19 I was charged for handling stolen goods (receiving) at crown court and pleaded guilty and was charged with community service/deferred sentence and a fine ( was 15 years ago). At the age of 22 I was charged for disorderly behaviour ( threatening/abusive words and likely to cause harassment alarm or distress, I pleaded guilty and received a fine in magistrates court (12 years ago). Yes I was silly and stupid and do regret it and have not been in trouble since. Is this classed as moral turpitude and will I be sent home. Will I be on record having been to crown court? If need be I will go to the US embassy and hopefully be allowed to go on holiday with my loved ones. If anyone could help please as not sure what to do

885. Posted by biggles001 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Forgot to say I live and born in England with an English passport. Fingerprints were taken at the time. Thanks Terry or anyone else who could help I would much appreciate it on the best way forward. I know it must seem like groundhog day

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Apr-2015, at 12:07 by biggles001 ]

886. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 1y

Your question has been addressed dozens and dozens and dozens of times ad nauseam throughout this thread. Start by reading Post #845.


887. Posted by biggles001 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

Ok will look at 845 thanks Terry

888. Posted by Narissa1980 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Hi all

We booked a holiday to Florida last January and then I realised about the criminal record section. I can honestly say I have read every thread on this conversation to try and stop me worrying. When my husband was young he was arrested for affray, I looked into it and came to the conclusion that he would be ok with an esta. We applied and was issued one. After this I was told on numerous occasions by different people that his charges would mean he would need a visa.
I am writing this to let people know he came to Florida on Saturday on an esta and everything was fine. So I spent nearly 16 months stressing for nothing!

889. Posted by Narissa1980 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Although customs was so slow it took nearly 2 hours to get through!

890. Posted by mod18 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Hi narcissi 1980 was your husband just charged or convicted and if convicted did he go to prison?
Thanks :)

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